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Coming up on News 7-
A man is found stabbed to death inside his apartment tonight.
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Trouble underground forces the closing of several blocks in Downtown Roanoke.
We'll have details.
Beer and wine at more Roanoke Civic Center events. Tonight opponents take their fight to city council.
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[Talent=Jean]


News 7 is next.

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[vo-nat] Electrical problems close several blocks of downtown Roanoke.
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And make for some tense moments for workers and firefighters.
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[Downtown-Power]


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Several blocks of downtown are closed off at this hour, the result of an underground electrical problem.
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Firefighters were called around 8:15 tonight when some workers at Frankie Rowlands restaurant noticed smoke in the area.
There was no fire, but an underground piece of electrical equipment on Campbell Avenue failed- creating arcs of electricity.
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[SOT 13:51:49]
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((AUDIE FERRIS/BATTALION CHIEF; WE DON'T REALLY HAVE ACTUAL FIRE EXCEPT WHEN IT ARCS. IT'S NOT A CONSTANT ARC. IT'S COMING AND GOING, BUT EVERY TIME IT ARCS, YOU CAN FEEL IT UNDERGROUND AND YOU CAN FEEL THE GROUND SHAKE.))
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[OUT Q=feel the ground shake.]
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American Electric Power crews are working on the problem.
So far, only the Southern Pawn Shop has lost power.
There's no estimate yet on when the problem will be fixed.
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[Stabbing-Roanoke]


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A friend's discovery turns into a murder investigation.
Roanoke police say a man was going to visit a friend's apartment on Hunt Avenue around 6 tonight.
That's when he found 44 year old Douglas Wayne Washington stabbed to death inside.
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[TAKE CRIMLINE FS]
Police ask anyone with information to call crimeline at 344-8500.
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[City-Council]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Later this week, Roanoke Civic Center officials will make their case before the department of alcoholic beverage control. They want beer and wine sales allowed at concerts and other entertainment events. A hearing is set for Thursday morning. But it seems so many people have an opinion on this, the location of that hearing may have to change.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Jean & Teresa /Newsroom Pod;]

Teresa Hamilton is in the studio tonight to explain.
[SUPER=@Teresa1;]

Jean, the Roanoke Civic Center does have its share of supporters but it was mainly opponents who spoke at this afternoon's city council meeting-- And, while they did make some headway, it wasn't what they'd been hoping for.
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((MR MAYOR IF I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY I THINK THE BEER AND WINE WOULD BE REPLACED WITH A NEW DRINK OF CHOICE IN THE CITY, CALLED A DOUBLE STANDARD ON THE ROCKS, WITH A TWIST OF HYPOCRISY.)) [runs09]
[out q= twist of hypocracy.]

Duane Howard and a host of other speakers were hoping to convince city council to stop the Roanoke Civic Center in its tracks. The facility currently sells beer at professional sporting events , but would like to sell alcohol at other events to lure more concerts and entertainment to Roanoke.
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[sot 01:16:54]
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(( I THINK THIS IS A GOOD THING THAT'S HAPPENED THOUGH, BECAUSE IT'S WOKEN UP A SLEEPING GIANT AND THAT'S THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY THAT SAYS NO MORE OF THIS. )) [RUN07]
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Opponents would find support in the Mayor and Councilman Nelson Harris, who felt the city should abandon the application. But the two would be overshadowed. In the end, a substitute motion by councilman Bill Bestpich would win out. Bestpitch suggested the city write a letter to the ABC board requesting that the location of Thursday's hearing be moved to a new location-- to accommodate the hundreds who's expected to attend. ))
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[LIVE= Teresa /FULL Newsroom Pod]

The city manager says council does NOT have any authority to request the hearing be moved-- so we'll have to wait and see if the letter will make any difference. Now, this evening's city council meeting was also a busy one. About a half dozen folks approached council hoping to convince members to take a stand AGAINST a possible war with Iraq.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Jean & Teresa /Newsroom Pod;]

Jean, council listened to the speakers but did not take any action.

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The bridge linking Gainsboro with downtown Roanoke will become a memorial to Martin Luther King Junior. Today, Roanoke City Council voted to rename the First Street Bridge in honor of the civil rights leader.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Previous efforts to create a memorial to King have been derailed by controversy, and there was some criticism today.
But WITH the bridge slated for renovation, council members were unanimous in their support for the proposal.
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[IN Q=And I see no better place]

((REV. EDWARD MITCHELL: AND I SEE NO BETTER PLACE. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT BRIDGING THE GAP. THAT'S WHAT DR. KING DID. HE BRIDGED GAPS BETWEEN BLACK AND WHITE. WE'RE HERE TODAY, ASKING YOU TO BRIDGE THAT GAP.))
[SUPER=01-Rev. Edward Mitchell/Southern Christian Leadership Conference; :05]
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[OUT Q=bridge that gap.]
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The future of another Roanoke landmark was also on council's agenda today.
The Fairacres Property in south Roanoke is up for sale, and The Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation asked council to recognize its architectural and historic significance.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Council members said they support efforts to preserve the historic home, but tabled the issue until they hear from the Council of Garden Clubs, which owns the property.

[Iraq]


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The United Nations has begun a two day debate on how to disarm Saddam Hussein.
South Africa's ambassador says inspections are working.
Iran says war would create a nightmare scenario- while U-S and British officials say disarming Saddam Hussein is crucial to the safety of the world.
Drew Levinson has more.
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((AS WEAPONS INSPECTORS REVISIT SUSPICIOUS SITES AROUND BAGHDAD, THE U.N. IS TAKING ANOTHER LOOK AT WHETHER THE INSPECTIONS SHOULD BE GIVEN MORE TIME. COUNTRIES NOT BELONGING TO THE 15-MEMBER SECURITY COUNCIL ARE GETTING A CHANCE TO SPEAK-OUT ON THE IRAQI CRISIS. AND MANY OF THEM SAY WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER. DUMISANI KUMALO/SOUTH AFRICA'S U.N. AMBASSADOR: "We believe that the Security Council must redouble its efforts to bring about a peaceful resolution to the situation in Iraq." STILL, THE UNITED STATES AND BRITAIN ARE MOVING AHEAD WITH PLANS FOR A NEW U.N. RESOLUTION -- ONE THAT WILL PAVE THE WAY FOR WAR. PRESIDENT BUSH SAYS MILITARY ACTION IS NEEDED, EVEN IF MILLIONS OF DEMONSTRATORS AROUND THE WORLD FEEL OTHERWISE. PRESIDENT BUSH: "Evidently some of the world don't view Saddam Hussein as a risk to peace. I respectfully disagree." PRESIDENT BUSH SAYS HE WON'T DECIDE POLICY BASED ON PROTESTS OR FOCUS GROUPS. BUT HIS PLANS FOR A POSSIBLE INVASION HAS HIT A SNAG. THE STATIONING OF 40-THOUSAND AMERICAN TROOPS AT TURKISH BASES IS IN JEOPARDY ... BECAUSE TURKEY'S PARLIAMENT HAS POSTPONED A VOTE ON THE MOVE. THE COUNTRY IS HOLDING OUT FOR BILLIONS OF DOLLARS MORE IN U.S. AID -- AND IT'S COSTING THE PENTAGON PRECIOUS TIME. AFTER MONTHS OF TRAINING IN THE KUWAITI DESERT, THESE SOLDIERS SAY THEY'RE READY FOR BATTLE. Staff Sgt. Samual Austin/ 3rd Infantry Division: If we're gonna do it let's just do it because with this waiting and just waiting you kinda get a little rusty and I just that we're ready now lets' go ahead and do what we have to do. THE MEMBERS OF BRAVO COMPANY COULD BE AMONG THE FIRST TO CROSS THE BORDER INTO IRAQ. A FACT THAT BECOMES MORE LIKELY WITH EACH PASSING SUNSET. DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS, KUWAIT.))

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Meanwhile part of the buildup for war includes more troops from this region.
About 125 Roanoke based National Guard troops are being called to active duty-
They'll enter federal service February 24th, but there's no word on where they'll go.
The 229th Chemical Company will be on active duty for at least a year.

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The economic news is good out of Roanoke County and City. Governor Warner will join local officials tomorrow morning announcing two companies that are coming to this region.
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((PHIL SPARKS/RKE VALLEY ECONOMIC DEV. PARTNERSHIP; THE ANNOUNCEMENT TOMORROW WILL BE THE LARGEST WE'VE HAD SINCE THE JOHNSON AND JOHNSON ANNOUNCEMENT IN EXCESS OF 30-MILLION DOLLARS AND MORE THAN 4-HUNDRED NEW JOBS. ))
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Sparks say the deals are part of a turning a point in our struggling economy. A state source says it' is the Vidette Group that is coming to the City of Roanoke. It is a technology sales firm that'll hire up to 100-people within five months. The announcement for the County is expected to provide 300- manufacturing jobs. More details on the companies and jobs will be released tomorrow.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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You may have to slow down, or pay more on some stretches of Interstate 81.
Find out why next on News 7.
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[VO-NAT]


Plus cops again search the home of a pregnant woman missing since Christmas eve.
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[Sports-preview]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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((Hey folks - Mike Stevens back in the News 7 sports office as Robby Pridgen lights up senior night with 38 points for Roanoke. VMI comes up short this evening against Chattanooga, while UVa tries to avoid a major setback against Clemson. Plus, the Lady Flames are on fire in the women's hoop world. And with the Rock on deck the latest carbon monoxide problems in NASCAR tonight on the Big 7.))

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You may soon see some new signs on Interstate 81.
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Both the House of Delegates and state Senate have approved a bill to post lower speed limits on hazardous sections of Virginia's highways.
The legislation will also increase the fines for speeding in those stretches.
Opponents of the measure say it is unnecessary.
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((DELEGATE LEO WARDRUP/R-VIRGINIA BEACH: THIS IS A BILL WHICH I CALL SIGNS AND FINES. BECAUSE THAT'S REALLY ALL IT DOES. IT PUTS UP SOME SIGNS AND THEN IF YOU DON'T OBEY THE SIGNS, YOU GOT FINES.)) ((DELEGATE CHIP WOODRUM/R-ROANOKE: I BELIEVE THIS IS FOR THE BEST INTEREST OF THE PUBLIC. IT'S A SAFETY BILL AND IT'S NOT JUST A NICE LITTLE BILL BUT I THINK ITS GOING TO SAVE LIVES AND THAT'S OUR PURPOSE.))
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Roanoke Senator John Edwards introduced the bill.. It will require a public hearing before any road can be designated a highway safety corridor.
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[XGR-plates]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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A specialty anti-abortion license plate may also be hitting the roads of Virginia soon.
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[SUPER=03-Richmond]


The Senate passed a bill today to create a tag that reads "Choose Life."
Senators rejected an amendment by a Roanoke lawmaker to replace those words with the less controversial phrase "Support Adoption."
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((SENATOR JOHN EDWARD/D-ROANOKE: WE'RE TREADING ON DIFFICULT AND, I THINK, VERY THIN ICE WHEN WE START GETTING INVOLVED IN THE WHOLE QUESTION OF TURNING OUR LICENSE PLATES INTO BUMPER STICKERS.))
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Eight other states have approved similar plates.
A South Carolina judge recently ruled that anti-abortion tags are unconstitutional.
Governor Mark Warner has NOT said whether he will veto the measure.
But Warner says he is concerned with using state-issued license plates to advance political viewpoints.
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[Peterson]


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Investigators are once again focusing on the house of Scott Peterson to find evidence concerning his missing wife, Laci.
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Modesto California police served another warrant around eight this morning.
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((LT. DOUG RIDENOUR, MODESTO POLICE-DISCOVERIES DURING THE INVESTIGATION HAVE NECESSITATED THE REVISITING OF THE PETERSON RESIDENCE))
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Police won't say what they're looking for, but they searched his backyard,
and they eventually impounded the white truck Peterson bought recently.
Scott Peterson took some personal and work related items and left the house.
Police say he was not interrogated, and he is not a suspect, but they have not ruled out any possibilities.
Laci Peterson was eight months pregnant when she disappeared, and was due to give birth last week.
Her family initially supported Scott, but tension built when he admitted to having an extra-marital affair.
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Chicago's Mayor is promising all resources to investigate a deadly nightclub stampede.
And tonight police say they want to talk with the club's promoter but he's left the city and so far he can't be found.
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[SUPER=03-Chicago, IL]


Today city officials are asking a judge to charge the club operators with criminal contempt.
City attorneys say the E-2 nightclub had been ordered to shut down months ago for building violations.
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((MARA GEORGES/CORPORATION COUNSEL: WE DO NOT HAVE THE LEGAL AUTHORITY TO DO A PADLOCK PROCEDURE. WE WENT BY LEGAL PROCEDURE TO GET A COURT ORDER.))
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Many of the dead were trampled and suffocated when they ran toward the stairwell after at least one security guard used pepper spray to break up a fight
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((WHY DID THIS HAVE TO HAPPEN? AND IT SHOULDN'T HAVE HAPPENED.))
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[Vo-Nat]
Attorneys for the night club say the order only prevented them from using a VIP area- not the entire second floor.
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[Harris]


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A federal judge has thrown out the civil case filed by a Virginia Tech student severely beaten by a janitor two years ago.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/April]

Kristin Blair was strangled, beaten and kicked in the face in the basement of Henderson Hall. James Lee Harris was convicted of malicious wounding. But judge James Turk ruled today that Harris' employer, Defender Services, could not be held liable because "the assault had nothing to do with cleaning the building."
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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As Judge Turk put it, Harris grabbed Blair "and strangled her not as a janitor, but as a disturbed individual."
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They are on the way... that's the message crews are sending to snowed-in residents.
We'll have a progress report next on News 7.
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[VO-NAT]


Plus these bats aren't in a belfry, but they are causing trouble inside a high school.
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[Plowing]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
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If your street's still covered in ice, be patient.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]


V-DOT's drivers started plowing secondary roads today and say the ice is too packed down to clear them entirely.
They need several days AND warmer temperatures to finish the job.
In the meantime, they're dropping gravel to make roads less slick.
V-DOT driver Randall Coleman says it's been a tiring winter.
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((RANDALL COLEMAN/VDOT DRIVER; I DON'T GUESS ANY OF US HAVE HAD A WEEKEND OFF IN I DON'T KNOW HOW LONG, SINCE IT'S SNOWED EVERY WEEK. IT'S BEEN DIFFICULT -- THE MOST I'VE SEEN IN A LONG TIME.))
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V-DOT's cleared 118 miles of interstates and about one-thousand miles of primary roads.
Officials ask residents to be patient as they work on the remaining 72-hundred miles of secondary roads.
Roanoke City says it will take several days to clear all of its residential roads as well.
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[Ice-Breakers]


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Most people are bundling up in New York, three brave men pared down to their swimsuits to go for a very chilly swim in the Atlantic.
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[SUPER=03-Brighton Beach, NY]


They call themselves the ice breakers. And away they went into the frigid waters for a few minutes. They said they decided to take a swim for the love of country and for the troops fighting the war on terrorism.
After a few moments in the water the men emerged carrying the American flag.
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((IT IS CHILLING BUT IT IS BRACING AND THAT'S THE KIND OF AMERICAN SPIRIT STANDING UP TO ANYTHING.))
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[S-Extra]


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Hoop highlights from VMI, UVa and senior night at Roanoke, plus a quarter settles the Blue Ridge basketball seedings. And as the Cup cars head to the Rock the carbon monoxide threat remains. But first tonight's Extra Point -
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Last Friday; :00]

The best kept secret in the state - Carey Green's Liberty University Lady Flames are knocked on the door of the top 25. The new USA Today coaches' poll has LU 26th. Liberty is 20-and-3, 11 and 0 in the Big South riding a 16 game winning streak.
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[OC...LAST SCORE]
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[S-UVa]


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The Virginia Cavaliers NCAA tournament hopes took a serious hit last night as the Cavs lost at home to Clemson for the first time in six years falling 73-TO-64.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Raycom-JP Sports; :00]

The Virginia Gentleman Terry Holland was keeping a close eye on this one. And the first half he would see the Cavs let their "guards" down. Clemson's backcourt - led by Edward Scott staked the visiting Tigers to a 41-to-32 half time lead on the Cavs. Scott would continue to cause problems in the second half as he kept the Tigers in front. He would eventually finish with a game high 32 points. Virginia went on serious run with 7 minutes to go thanks to the shooting of Devin Smith, who had 30 points. Todd Billet had just 3 points and played the second half in a different jersey with stitches in his head after getting cut in the opening half.
[SUPER=33-Clemson/73/Virginia/64;]

Virginia also is wounded losing its 10th game of the year and second straight at home 73-to-64.
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[S-VMI]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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The VMI Keydets finally got to play UT Chattanooga yesterday afternoon in a 4:30 tip-off. The game was postponed from Monday night due the weather conditions.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington/Mocs vs. Keydets; :00]


Bart Bellairs' team trailed by 10 at the halftime break.
And would try to cut into the Mocs lead, but UTC head coach Jeff Lebo had other plans.
The Mocs pad their lead with some solid inside play as Ashley Champion backs his way in to the hoop and gets 2 of his 10 points on the night.
The Keydet's go to guy is Radee Skipworth. He goes hard to the iron and gets two of his team high sixteen points, but the Mocs still led 52-33 with thirteen minutes left in the game. VMI then moves the ball nicely and Ben Rand tickles the twine from three point land, three of his nine points on the evening.
[SUPER=33-UT Chattanooga/77/VMI/52;]


But UT Chattanooga had too many weapons, as three players scored in double figures, and the Mocs drop VMI to one and twelve in conference play with the 77-52 win.
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[S-Roanoke]


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This is the final week of regular season play in the ODAC with the tournament set to open on Saturday. Last night was senior night at Roanoke College -
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/Eastern Mennonite vs. Roanoke; :00]

as Page Moir said so long to five seniors including Robby Pridgen and Heath Puckett. Pridgen works the rock inside to Puckett. The Bland native gets the hoop and finishes with a career high 15. Fellow senior Nathan Stewart from Auburn - will get into the act as he scores in his final home game taking the assist from another senior Josh Foster. But no one could deal with Pridgen - who banged in 38 points as he hit 9 out of 12 three pointers. He also had 4 assists. Roanoke gets the 93-to-74 win as 10 different Maroons score.
[super=33-Eastern Mennonite/74/Roanoke/93;]

Northside product Jeremy Newman started and played well, but the Royals won't make the ODAC tourney losing by 19.
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A coin flip finally had to decide the top seed for the upcoming Blue Ridge district basketball tournament as Alleghany and Blacksburg were unable to play for the third straight day.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./February 4; :00]

Yesterday afternoon the toss landed in favor of the Mountaineers giving them the number one seed for the Blue Ridge tourney that opens today at the Salem Civic Center with four straight games beginning at 3pm. Blacksburg and Alleghany already are in the regionals - but by winning the coin flip - Alleghany avoids a bracket that includes Cave Spring, Pulaski, Fleming and Blacksburg.
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[S-Carbon]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-134 10052TC]
[GRAPHIC=NASCAR]

The Winston Cup circuit heads to Rockingham this weekend. It's quite a change from Daytona for the drivers, the crews and the fans in more ways than one.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[SUPER=03-Rockingham, NC/February 22, 2002; :00]
[SUPER=01-Richard Petty/Petty Enterprises - Owner; :19]
[SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/UPS Ford Driver; :53]
[SUPER=01-Rick Mast/364 Career Winston Cup Starts; 1:12]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Burton/CITGO Ford Driver; 1:32]
[SUPER=01-Tony Stewart/2002 Winston Cup Champion; 1:50]
[RUNS=2:00]
[OUT Q=...something I ate, I don't know."]

(( It's called the Rock - the North Carolina Speedway - and later this week NASCAR's finest will be making rounds on the one mile oval. The racing will be tight - the track will be smaller and the deadly gas that forced Rick Mast to exit the sport will be hanging in the air. ((RICHARD PETTY:)) ((DALE JARRETT:)) While that's likely the sad reality of this situation - Mast says there are ways to make sure the problem isn't made worse. ((RICK MAST:)) ((JEFF BURTON:)) That exposure has gotten Tony Stewart on several occasions - although he didn't seem overly concerned when we asked him about it.)) ((TONY STEWART:))

[S-Orioles]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-138 4841TC]
[GRAPHIC=MLB]


The autopsy findings concerning young Baltimore Orioles' pitcher Steve Bechler indicate that while ephedrine likely contributed to his heatstroke death there were other causes.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-MLB; :00]

Bechler died less than 24 hours after a workout sent his temperature to 108 degrees. The weight loss drug is banned by the NFL and NCAA, but not major league baseball. Bechler also had a history of borderline high blood pressure and liver abnormalities.
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[Bats]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=dgr]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A Houston area school has gone batty.
Dozens of the critters have already been seen, and now, they're trapped inside.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Houston, TX]


Liberty High School has already spent 40-thousand dollars trying to keep the bats out.
Officials say the problem started last year, and the school put netting around the building... that didn't help.
So a pest control company sealed the top of the building last week.
That only made the problem worse... now the bats are trapped inside.
The principal says none of the bats have tested positive for rabies. (------------)